The Eagles have reportedly had interest in Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell for a few weeks now, but this is the first we’ve heard about Johnson being a potential option.
Philadelphia was forced to place starting RB Jay Ajayi on injured reserve Monday after he suffered a torn ACL. The Eagles were already rumored to be in the trade market for running back help, but the loss of Ajayi is significant enough that it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make an aggressive play for an upgrade.
As for Johnson, he just agreed to a new three-year extension with the Cardinals, so it would seem strange for them to shift gears a month later and trade him.
Johnson, 26, was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $2.992 million contract and was set to make a base salary of $705,000 for the 2018 season when he agreed to a three-year, $39 million extension worth up to $45 million.
In 2018, Johnson has appeared in five games for the Cardinals and rushed for 242 yards on 74 carries (3.3 YPC) to go along with 15 receptions for 120 yards receiving and five total touchdowns.